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Vitality 10,000 for SANE
Added: 11th Jun 2018

Vitality London 10,000 took place on 28th May this year and SANE was lucky to have its amazing runners get involved!

Mark Meyrick

Mark took part in the Vitality 10,000 in memory of his brother who sadly took his own life 2 years ago.

Mark’s brother Kim suffered from depression and the two had planned to take part in this race 9 years ago.

So not only did Mark run for SANE this year, but he also ran for his beloved brother.

‘Kim was a beautiful man with a real sense of fun. We all miss him. Supporting mental health may prevent others suffer a loss such as this.’

He completed the run in an amazing 55 minutes, 17 seconds! He sped around the course, despite it being a really hot day.

Mark was greatly supported by loved ones and has raised nearly £700!

‘I ran for SANE because I was looking for a smaller, more focussed charity on the area of mental health, and in particular one which addressed depression and suicidal tendencies, and SANE seemed to do that.

Mental health awareness became really important to me on the death of my brother because I think there are many cases like his, where the immediate family who love the person don’t - or don’t want to see - a breakdown, and thus miss important signs so that restorative steps can be taken in a timely fashion.’

We are so proud of Mark and all he has achieved and find his love and support invaluable to help us help others.


Hannah Hodson

Hannah has raised £415 for SANE and ran the Vitality 10,000 with great passion and drive to help raise awareness of mental health.

She chose to support SANE because the work we do means a lot to her.

‘Running for this charity is important to me because I've personally experienced the effects of an under-funded system, because I feel passionately that we should not wait for a suicide attempt to take mental illness seriously.’

Hannah has struggled with her own mental health issues for 11 years and alongside her blogging to help others, she also wanted to run to help make a difference – she is truly such an inspiration!

Her wonderful fundraising amount will go toward recruiting and training volunteers to help man our services.

‘Charities like SANE provide support, compassion & guidance, that not only helps people survive, but enables them to feel a sense of hope; a chance of recovery.

Their work relies on volunteers & that's why it's so vital they receive donations, so they can continue to help those who suffer, as well as their friends & family.’

We want to commend Hannah on her great work and want to say huge thank you to all those who supported her!

We are so proud of our runners and their achievements – our work cannot continue without your treasured support, so thank you!

Look out for the photos on SANE’s Twitter and Instagram.

If you have been inspired by this story and would like to fundraise for better mental health, we'd love to hear from you! From fun run to marathon, quiz to karaoke, there's an idea to suit everyone. Email or call 0203 805 1790.

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